that I asked this question in a White House conference call today: I recently visited a help center operated by forty-three area churches in northwest Alabama. A video about this is on the front page of my website. The center opened at 8:00 and by 8:09 all the appointments for heating assistance requests were taken. […]
The White House comment line is (202) 456-6213 and I have just called to ask the president not to cut federal heating assistance programs: President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget will cut several billion dollars from the government’s energy assistance fund for poor people, officials briefed on the subject told National Journal.
The Help Center phones have been open for nine minutes, and all eight appointment times for utility bill assistance have already been taken. The phone keeps ringing, though. People are waiting outside when the door opens at 8:30. They come for help with prescription costs, dental care vouchers, food, and clothes. Needs are great; resources, […]